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Rivera should retire, for Yanks' sake

The Bombers are in a tough spot, and saying goodbye would make things easier

Updated: October 27, 2012, 11:43 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Almost six months after he said these words -- "I am coming back. Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going down like this. God willing and given the strength, I'm coming back." -- suddenly Mariano Rivera is not so sure.

That is only natural, given his age, professional stature, financial security and the prospect of spending another nine months on the road after having enjoyed the comforts of home and family since May.

It pains me to write the following ...

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